“because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.” Philippians 2:30
Epaphroditus was sent to Paul by the Philippians. Perhaps he was bringing an offering of love from the beloved Philippians believers. But at some point in his journey Epaphroditus became sick. So sick that he almost died. Paul says of this man that he did not regard his life because of the work of Christ. He risked it all.
This reminds me of the words of the Saviour in Mark 8:35, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” This is what Epaphroditus did.
The apostle Paul’s instructions to the Philippians regarding Epaphroditus are as follows: “Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem” (v. 29). There is something very admirable and praiseworthy in risking it all for Jesus.
John Piper has written a book titled “Don’t Waste Your Life.” It sits on my bookshelf and every time I see the title I feel rebuked. What a comfortable life I have. How little I risk for Jesus.
Safe? Yes. But isn’t there more to this life than being safe and comfortable? Isn’t there more than being liked and respected?
My heart aches to make an impact in this world for Jesus Christ. Why do I continue to cling to comfort, security and safety? What will it take for me to throw it all on the altar?
These questions are uncomfortable. They are haunting. But they must be answered.